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Coach Mike Yeo's line-shuffling and scolding don't sit well with star Ryan Suter., who said "I don't know what's going on there. He decided to change things up."
Coincidence or not, the Wild has always fallen apart this time of year under coach Mike Yeo.
"Boy, what a great 21 minutes and  seconds we played. That's great," coach Mike Yeo said, sarcastically. "Too bad the game didn't end there. It doesn't."
With Christian Folin's game having plateaued and the Wild in need of better execution on the back end, Folin and Gustav Olofsson swapped spots Saturday.
Kurtis Gabriel's mom, Kim, slipped a card under his hotel room door the morning after the Wild winger's NHL debut Nov. 10.
Friday's bad loss moved coach Mike Yeo to call out a season of bad habits by the Wild.
A "group decision" will be made with team doctors, trainers and coaches, but if this is any indication, Parise skated on a regular line Thursday.
Twelve consecutive starts for Devan Dubnyk is nothing compared to his 38 in a row for the Wild last season, which is only part of the reason coach Mike Yeo isn't worried about the goalie's workload.
The Canucks were only the second team to win at the X this season.
The Wild's Ryan Carter is playing at home, and his family is living its dream
Outdoor games are old hat for the Chicago Blackhawks, but the Wild threw out all the bells and whistles Tuesday when it unveiled its uniform…
The Wild star's limitations mean he figures to spend at least another week out; Justin Fontaine is back.
After Ryan Suter led the NHL in ice time his three previous seasons with the Wild, the goal this season was to drop the No. 1 defenseman's ice time to an average of 24-26 minutes a night.
Minnesota got to the only team that had beaten it at home and avenged star Zach Parise's injury, too.
Jason Zucker avoided major injury and Zach Parise appears to be getting closer to returning from a sprained MCL.
The Wild placed defenseman Marco Scandella on injured reserve Thursday with a lower-body injury sustained this week against Pittsburgh.
Playing with a mishmashed blue line the Wild allowed a hat trick to Boston's Loui Eriksson in the loss.
Alex Tuch and Adam Gilmour had the day off from practice, so when the Boston College student-athletes got out of class at noon, they took a 15-minute drive over to rival Boston University.
Facing a talented team that somehow entered with the NHL's fourth-fewest goals per game and the league's worst power play, the Wild gave up two power-play goals.
The 25-year-old defenseman, who was away from the Wild for two games and one week, thanked the team for letting him return to Montreal so he could say "goodbye" to his father, Francesco, who is in the final stages of prostate cancer.
The Iowa Wild, an American Hockey League affiliate, is struggling for the third consecutive season, and the lack of skill there is finally being felt on the big club.
Marco Scandella, who has been at his ailing father's side back home in Montreal, returned to the Wild on Saturday and was able to play against the Dallas Stars.
John Klingberg, the NHL's leading scorer among defensemen had a three-point night, including the winner in overtime to give Dallas a 3-2 win.
Wild's patience with goalie is getting long-expected results.
Jason Zucker scored the OT winner to back Devan Dubnuk's 37 saves Thursday night vs. the Hurricanes.
Following a whirlwind day of callups and AHL returns for Gustav Olofsson and Christoph Bertschy, the Wild will need to call up a different forward to play against Dallas.
Coach Mike Yeo tweaked his lines after the first period and the Wild scored four quick goals in the second before holding on for a 5-3 victory.
He counts every calorie and cooks food to bring on the road with him during minor league trips.
The proudest person in Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night will be Kurtis Gabriel's mother, Kim, who will get to watch her son, after years of overcoming adversity, skate his first NHL shift — for real.
Wild coach Mike Yeo believes highly in Charlie Coyle's ability, and he's hoping a workmanlike style and versatility will help spur Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund out of their season-long slumps.
The goalie stopped all 31 shots in the Wild's first game without Zach Parise.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on the week-to-week prognosis for star forward Zach Parise: It could have been worse.
Christoph Bertschy got his callup at 4 p.m. Friday, and was sent back down after making his NHL debut Saturday night.
Mike Yeo said the Wild's top scorer shouldn't be out weeks or months. But Zach Parise will not be available Saturday or Tuesday as the Wild finishes a homestand.
Team scrambles to fill top scorer's spot after knee injury in loss to Predators
Notre Dame's Mario Lucia is home to face his dad's team at Mariucci Arena.
Jason Pominville, whose primary role is scoring, is 0-for-the-season and part of a line that has dried up.
Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor, who pleaded guilty to drunken driving last month, is back with the Wild for the first time since his August arrest in Fridley.
The Wild has the NHL's fifth-best offense, scoring 3.18 goals per game, and 11th-best power play at 21.6 percent. But defensively, the Wild ranks 21st at 2.91 goals allowed per game and 24th on the penalty kill (76 percent).
The Little Falls native and Chanhassen resident is the only full-time official in the NHL born and bred in Minnesota. He'll work the milestone game at the X on Friday.
Devan Dubnyk had a magnetic imaging resonance test on his left knee Monday and "all's good," the Wild goaltender said before facing the Oilers.
Ryan Suter scored his second goal of the game and Charlie Coyle his third of the year 43 seconds apart in the third period to help the Wild remain one of two unbeaten NHL teams at home
Vanek, who had major abdominal surgery in June after playing the entire second half with a sports hernia and a torn groin, said his solid play just comes down to being healthy.
During one flurry, Devan Dubnyk somehow made three superb saves in a row while dealing with the obvious soreness and discomfort.
The Wild pulled away late against reeling Anaheim.
The Wild sniper wears such snazzy, colorful socks, Wild staffers couldn't help but take note whenever Nino Niederreiter put his feet up on the team plane.
The Ducks' only victory this season in six games has come against the Wild. Anaheim has beaten the Wild 10 out of the last 11 meetings and five times in Minnesota.
The Wild put forth an uneven performance against the desperate Jackets but was just good enough for the victory.
The Wild, especially its top line of Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville, is looking forward to getting into a routine now after an odd lack of games to begin the season.
Matt Dumba hasn't been awful the first five games this season, but he is certainly not the same defenseman the Wild got used to seeing during a strong second half last season.
The Wild has allowed 15 goals in five games, 13 in four starts by goalie Devan Dubnyk. That is atypical of a team considered by many as one of the NHL's most structured.
So often, the Wild faces off against the Anaheim Ducks, outplays them, has the better of the scoring chances and skates away exasperated. It happened again on Sunday night.
Mikko Koivu never liked playing against his older brother, Saku, but it's still weird for the Wild captain to square off against the Ducks and not see that familiar face.
Division games take on added importance.
The Wild continues its road trip against the winless Ducks.
Darcy Kuemper's 35 saves were key before Anze Kopitar ended it in the Wild's first taste of 3-on-3 overtime.
With its 4-3 victory, the Wild remains one of five unbeaten teams in the NHL heading into Friday's game in Los Angeles.
If Darcy Kuemper needed proof that the Wild plans to start him more than it did in the second half last season, the goaltender is already slated to start the fourth game of the season Friday night in Los Angeles.
Veteran goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been looking forward to Thursday's game, his first road start against the Arizona Coyotes since the Jan. 14 Wild-Coyotes trade that sparked the Wild's playoff run.
Tyler Graovac, who missed Saturday's home opener, won't accompany the Wild on a three-game road trip. Charlie Coyle will remain at center for the time being.
Local pro hockey players swear by the mother-son tandem of skating coaches Diane and Andy Ness.
The Wild assistant received four years probation and a 60-day jail sentence.
After Saturday's 3-2 victory that improved the Wild's record to 2-0 this season, coach Mike Yeo said he entrusts all his players against opposing top lines.
Coyle's goals overshadow miscues in victorious Wild home opener
Jordan Schroeder could be in for another year of shuttling between AHL Iowa and the Wild.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk is excited to experience his first home opener in a Wild sweater Saturday night and against an opponent the Wild knocked off in last year's playoffs.
The Wild's young defensemen are best friends off the ice despite differing personalities. On the ice they are paired in one of the league's best young tandems.
the Wild rallied from a three-goal deficit with the fastest four goals the team has ever scored. "That was nuts," said defenseman Ryan Suter.
We've tried to do everything we can to have a plan in place and make sure we're prepared for it," the coach said.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu finds himself altered by life off the ice. He begins his 11th season with the Wild on Thursday night in Colorado.
The question has been asked incessantly for a month: How does the Wild take the next step this season?
Part of the fun of following Nino Niederreiter on Twitter is the Wild sharpshooting winger gives fans inside access into his life during the offseason.
The team says the 6-4 defender must use his physical strength, as a checker or puck carrier.
Mikael Granlund, the young Finn who arrived with much hype, has shown hints of ability that hasn't fully emerged.
Tyler Graovac called it a good sign that, with only two roster spots to trim, he isn't Iowa-bound yet.
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